The alleged murder of a wheelchair-bound Adelaide woman, who drowned when she fell into a pond, was a planned and premeditated crime, a court has been told.
Peter Dansie, 67, was refused bail in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday after being charged with the murder of his wife, 67-year-old Helen Dansie.
Mrs Dansie died after her wheelchair rolled into the pond in Veale Gardens in April with only her back showing above the water when paramedics arrived on the scene.
Prosecutor Sarah Attar told the court that investigations by police had discounted much of what the dead woman's husband had told emergency services, including that she was too heavy for him to turn over in the water and that the water was "up to his neck".
She said police had re-enacted the incident and found it would have been easy to flip the woman over.
Checks also revealed the pond was only 1.1 metres deep.
Ms Attar said Dansie had also taken a spare set of clothes to the park with him that day, left his watch in his car and had placed his wallet and phone at the base of a tree before going to his wife's rescue.
She said when police arrested him on Tuesday they found his wife's ashes still in a container in his car, "covered in general rubbish."
This was an indication of the disregard he had for his victim, the prosecutor said.
In asking for bail, defence counsel Pat Amey said Dansie suffered from both a heart condition and diabetes and was not a flight risk because of his strong business interests in SA.
But the court ruled against bail and remanded him in custody before a next appearance on September 19.